I know some of you have probably been enduring much colder, nastier weather than I have here in Denver. Farther north and east there has been a lot more snow. Down toward Oklahoma City and Dallas they’ve had horrible ice. (I sure haven’t missed that aspect of winters in Oklahoma.)
And I suppose it’s all relative, too. What you’re used to in the winter. What you’re prepared for. Etc.
Well, I’m here to tell you, I’ve had a bellyful. A week ago we had temperatures approaching 65°. From there it slid rapidly downhill on Tuesday while I rushed out for gas and groceries. I haven’t stepped outside since, and I’m getting severe cabin fever.
We got a couple of inches of snow, which would normally melt or evaporate within a day or two, but not this time. It’s still on the ground, too damn cold to go away. The thermometer has been in single digits for a week — that’s on both sides of 0°. We set a new record low one night of -13°. Whee.
I’ve had all the faucets dripping and all the under-sink cabinets open. I tried running my two humidifiers to keep the humidity up, but that was futile. What little moisture I generated turned to ice on the double-glazed windows. So my indoor humidity has been hovering around 15%. The static electricity is so bad that when I touched the programmable thermostat the other night, the program went haywire. I had to get out the printed instructions and a flashlight (the area is not well lighted) and spend about 20 minutes getting all 28 time periods (4 a day for 7 days) reprogrammed properly. (Yes, there’s a copy function, but I’ve never figured out for sure how it works.)
I finally decided it might be cozy to fire up the little gas fireplace I turned off five years ago because the pilot light generates heat in the summer, and I wasn’t using it in the winter because it messes up the heat distribution to the rest of the house (the thermostat is only about 10 feet from the fireplace). Oh, and the pilot light puts out some white crud that sticks to the inside of the glass and I have to practically disassemble the entire thing to clean it. Naturally it wouldn’t start up. Probably dust clogging the outlet or something. And it’s been so long since I’ve looked under there, I have no idea where it is. Still, considering local power outages, it seemed prudent to get it started up. Except I couldn’t.
It actually got into the 20s today, and they say it will get above freezing tomorrow. Believe it or not, our average temperatures in December are in the 40s. That sounds absolutely balmy right now.
Hope everyone out there is getting through this in good shape and that cabin fever is the worst thing that befalls anyone. Those of you in Southern California and South Texas can just … umm … refrain from comment.